Definition of death certificate
: an official document that gives information about a person's death (such as when and how the death happened)
Word by Word Definitions
: a permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life — compare brain death
: an instance of dying
: the cause or occasion of loss of life
Legal Definition of death certificate
: a document setting forth information (as age, occupation, and place of birth) relating to a dead person and including a doctor's certification of the cause of death
Additional Notes on death certificate
Death certificates are issued by a particular public official, as a city or town clerk. A death certificate is required to document a person's death for certain purposes, as to file an estate tax return or to probate an estate.
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